Philosophy

Nature’s Vast Web of Life

On many occasions, I’ve heard people observing the behavior of chimpanzees and other Great Apes say, “Wow, that’s kind of scary.” Invariably, they’re talking about the clear similarities between these animals and ourselves. But why should our close kinship to our closest primate cousins inspire uneasiness, rather than wonder and amazement? The realization that our

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The Most Fundamental Attack on Our Essential Integrity

And How to Deflect It Nonviolently It bears repeating, again and again, that human morality and ethics predate all forms of religion and philosophical schools. They are innate characteristics of Homo sapiens; their root can be seen in the reciprocity practiced by other primate species. The often-repeated epithet that we are incapable of behaving ethically

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Yoga: A Historical Perspective – Part 2

“Classical Yoga” is the term given to the yoga school derived largely from Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtra. This text, written in Sanskrit in about the second century of the Common Era, is essentially a collection of spiritual sayings. The word “sutra” (which translates as “thread”) is essentially analogous to what those in the Abrahamic tradition would call

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